Boeing's stretch 787-9 Dreamliner lands completing first flight

SEATTLE Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:25pm EDT

Mark Jenks (R), Boeing's vice president of 787-9 development, speaks to an executive along the archway of the 787 Dreamliner during a demonstration flight of the aircraft at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Mark Jenks (R), Boeing's vice president of 787-9 development, speaks to an executive along the archway of the 787 Dreamliner during a demonstration flight of the aircraft at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 14, 2012.

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co's (BA.N) 787-9 Dreamliner, a stretched version of its high-tech composite plane, successfully completed its first flight on Tuesday.

The plane landed at 4:18 pm PST (2318 GMT) at Boeing Field in Seattle after about five hours in the air testing its control systems. The lengthened plane is designed to carry 40 more passengers and fly longer distances than the current model, the 787-8.

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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